6 Signs You’re Smarter Than Average
How do you know if someone’s smart? Intelligence, or IQ, isn’t what you know, but rather the pace at which you acquire new information. Longitudinal studies have shown that IQ is fixed at an early age, so you’re stuck with what you’ve got.
IQ is a difficult thing to measure, and unless you’re willing to fork over several hundred dollars to a trained professional, you’ll never know for certain what your IQ is.
Without administering an impromptu IQ test, there are certain clues you can use to gauge a person’s relative intelligence. Psychologists are constantly finding newer, more effective ways to measure cognitive ability — meaning the signs are ever evolving.
Here’s how to know if you have a good probability to be smarter than average.
1.You were an early reader.
In 2012, researchers looked at nearly 2,000 pairs of identical twins in the UK and found that the sibling who had learned to read earlier tended to score higher on tests of cognitive ability. The researchers concluded that learning to read early actually had a developmental impact — it made the kids smarter. So, if you were an early reader, it might not be because you’re smart. It may be that you’re smart because you were an early reader.
In one study, 400 psychology students took intelligence tests that measured abstract reasoning abilities and verbal intelligence. Comedians consistently scored much higher on IQ tests than the average population. Male comedians scored on average 138 and female comedians 126. The average IQ score of the generation population? Between 90 and 110. Big difference.
Funny people have also been linked to generating greater creativity, having superior verbal skills, and being more sexually attractive. That’s my cue to crack a good joke for my wife.
3.You worry a lot.
A growing body of research suggests that anxious individuals may be smarter than others in certain ways. It’s hard to think of anxiety as a good thing, but evidence suggests that it might not be all bad. Psychiatrist Jeremy Coplan studied patients with anxiety disorders and found that the people with the worst symptoms had higher IQ scores than those with milder symptoms.
A 2008 Princeton study of thousands of people found that taller individuals scored higher on IQ tests as kids and earned more money as adults. This is backed by another study that says a 6-foot-tall person earns, on average, nearly $166,000 more during a 30-year career span than someone who is 5 feet 5 inches, regardless of gender, age, and weight.
The height bias may be due to tall people having greater self-esteem and social confidence than shorter people. In turn, tall people are perceived as more leaderlike and authoritative.
5.You’re a night owl.
A study at the University of Madrid says night owls have a higher IQ than the early risers springing out of bed. They also earn more and lead more comfortable lives.
Albert Einstein famously said, “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”Harvard Business Review reports that people with a higher “curiosity quotient” (CQ) are more inquisitive and generate more original ideas, and this “thinking style” leads to higher levels of knowledge acquisition over time.
So are you smarter than average?